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It’s not always easy to be creative—to give our minds space to roam while ignoring our inner critic, to stare down a blank page and make the leap from nothing to anything. It takes courage. Finding the courage to create is something the editors of Flowknow a lot about. Creativity is a central value of the Flow mission, evident in every issue that bursts with the wild imaginations of its artists, writers, and editors. In Creativity Takes Courage, Flowbrings together inspiration, hands-on projects, boundary-pushing activities, and special paper goodies to show readers how to unleash their inner artists. Organized around a series of twelve “dares”—including Dare to Fail, Dare to Be a Kid, Dare to Be Bored, Dare to Go Offline, Dare to Collaborate—Creativity Takes Courage encourages the reader to be fully present . . . and spend idle time staring out the window. To leave your comfort zone and start a project, without hesitation . . . and nourish yourself with museum visits and reading time. Each dare includes fill-in pages and prompts to go deeper into what motivates us or hinders us, like mindful questions to identify fears of failure, or a Dare to Commit notebook for recording both daily and weekly projects. It’s the illustrated and fully interactive gift of how to live more creatively and enjoy every minute of the process, no matter what the result.
A charming checklist for decluttering. In this whimsical yet practical guide to sorting through the too-much-stuff of modern life, the premise is simple: on each page, a delightful illustration of items that fill our lives--novelty ice cube trays, a manual typewriter, game pieces, that souvenir snow globe. And beneath each drawing, two little checkboxes: Yes and No. Look at the object. Note your response. Act accordingly! Additionally, the book is filled with dozens of tips and ideas for what to do with things that may be hard to part with, like children's artwork. An inspiring gift!
There are prompts for easing up on self-criticism: What would you say to a friend who's having a hard time? Can you extend that same empathy to yourself? For slowing down and worrying less about accomplishments: Make a to-do list of non-urgent things, like giving your cat a cuddle. And when something goes wrong, measure it on a playful scale from The world is ending! to It could happen to anyone to There may even be a silver lining. Throughout, charming illustrations by Dutch illustrator Karen Weening capture sweet, relatable moments of imperfection - like a yogi turning right in class when everyone else is going left, or a woman taking a perfect selfie amid the messy backdrop of her room. A thoughtful gift with a validating message, it's a tool to help journalling enthusiasts, friends, sisters, or moms embrace self-care with joy.
Incisive questions can inspire self-reflection, spark ideas, and, best of all, reveal surprising truths. From Flow, the champions of meditating on life's simple pleasures, here's a book of 165 creative questions, some sweet, some silly, some unexpectedly provocative, that will open the mind to deeper self-knowledge. There are no right answers - the point is simply to stay curious and stay open to learning about oneself or a friend, partner, or roommate. There are questions to prompt memories: How many homes have you lived in? To fuel a fantasy life: Which historical event do you wish you could have seen with your own eyes? To tap into your sense of adventure: What's the wildest thing you've ever done? To remind you to live in the present: What were the three best things that happened today? To celebrate your strength: When have you stood up for yourself? A signature Flow book in its mindful theme and charming, colourful aesthetic with vibrant patterns and hand-lettering, Know Yourself is a pleasure to browse through and share.
Combining the hands-on activity and beautiful production value that made A Book That Takes Its Time a bestseller, with 204,000 copies in print, The Big Book of Less presents a message that will be equally embraced: how paring down allows us to live not just lighter, but better. And it's a book that approaches less in a fresh, new way, addressing mental and spiritual decluttering as well, with tips on cleaning out the extra stuff in our heads to create more room for what we actually enjoy. Read about how doing less - less work, less internet browsing - allows us to reclaim time for relaxation and meditation. How talking less leaves more time for listening. Sprinkled throughout are Flow's signature paper goodies that mix the fun of learning with the fun of putting ideas into action: a just-one-thought-a-day diary helps nurture a daily habit of worrying less; tear-out Expressionist art posters inspire less scheduling; a tiny, foldable paper house underscores the appeal of living minimally; and more. A perfect gift for anyone who would breathe easier from scaling back and relish the freedom of letting go.